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February 28, 2003 | Associated Press
Vin Baker was suspended indefinitely by the Boston Celtics on Thursday after meeting with team officials, reportedly to discuss problems with alcohol. General Manager Chris Wallace later confirmed that Baker had been suspended, but he would not elaborate. The Boston Globe reported Thursday that Baker would be suspended for alcohol-related problems. * Indiana forward Ron Artest met with NBA officials for a meeting that had been planned for weeks.
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March 27, 2006 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Clipper forward Vin Baker got what he wanted. The four-time All-Star came off the bench early in Sunday night's 97-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Baker played 12 minutes, his longest stint in three games since he signed with the team as a free agent, and scored for the first time as a Clipper on a three-point play late in the first quarter. Coach Mike Dunleavy observed some encouraging signs from Baker, who is determined to contribute in the postseason.
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September 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
Boston Celtic forward Vin Baker says he is a recovering alcoholic who used to binge in hotel rooms and at home after playing poorly. In an interview in Thursday's Boston Globe, Baker said Celtic Coach Jim O'Brien smelled alcohol on him in practice and confronted him about it in December and January. The team suspended him Feb. 27 and he didn't play again. Baker, who will turn 32 in November, said he has not had a drink for six months. He sought treatment at a program at the team's insistence.
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February 28, 2006 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Because of center Chris Kaman's left ankle injury, veteran big man Vin Baker was activated for Monday night's game against Charlotte at Staples Center. Knowing that this may be his last opportunity to finish his NBA career on a positive note, Baker -- who joined the Clippers after the All-Star break -- has already impressed Coach Mike Dunleavy with his ability to pick up the offense.
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May 12, 1998 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There Shaquille O'Neal goes again, spending more valuable time on things other than free throws. It's another film this time. A compilation actually, to be seen by a very small audience, though at least he should be used to that last part by now. Check out the excerpts: * Vin Baker being shut down from the left post. * Vin Baker being shut down from the right post.
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March 16, 2003 | Tim Brown
Monday at Clippers, 7:30 p.m., Channel 5, Channel 9 -- They don't illuminate the Laker banners and jerseys, but everyone knows they're there. Thursday at Sacramento, 7 p.m., TNT -- Early look at the Western Conference playoffs, sure. But, the first round? Friday vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m., FSN -- Vin Baker, we heard about. When did the Celtics work out the leave of absence for Antoine Walker's shooting conscience? Sunday at San Antonio, 10 a.m.
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October 12, 1997 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
The race in the Pacific Division, and maybe even the Western Conference, has tightened up. The Lakers saw that for themselves Friday night as the first opponent for the Phoenix Suns, a pest-like problem last season with the four-guard alignment but now able to offer an inside presence with the acquisition of power forward Antonio McDyess. Of course, these are the same Suns who might end up using Tom Chambers and Horacio Llamas off the bench at center behind John Williams.
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March 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
The NBA sent a memo to all 29 teams telling them they cannot sign forward Vin Baker until his arbitration case is decided, prompting an angry response Tuesday from the players' union. "It is outrageous for the NBA to prevent Vin Baker from signing with any NBA club," union Director Billy Hunter said. "The league's action is a clear admission that Vin is not only fit to play professional basketball, but there are numerous teams willing to sign him today."
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April 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
Ernie Grunfeld took the fall Wednesday for the problems surrounding the New York Knicks as he was removed as president and general manager of the team. Madison Square Garden President Dave Checketts, acknowledging a rift between Grunfeld and Coach Jeff Van Gundy, will take over the day-to-day operations for the rest of the season. "The organization has not functioned well together," Checketts said in New York. "With what we've spent on salaries and what we've done as an organization, to be a .
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March 4, 1999 | STEVE SPRINGER
Vin Baker, the Seattle SuperSonics' four-time all-star, is shooting 17% from the free-throw line this season, the lowest in the NBA. He has never been a great free-throw shooter, averaging only 62% in his five previous seasons in the league, but Baker has hit a new low. He missed his first 18 attempts this season and has made only seven of 42 from the line. Asked how she would help Baker, psychologist Dr.
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February 27, 2006 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
Vin Baker never lost hope that he would one day return to the NBA. Even if others thought the four-time All-Star -- who battled weight problems, alcoholism and depression while playing for five teams from 1993-94 to 2004-05 -- might be done after Houston released him last season, his 12th in the league.
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March 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
Vin Baker knows he's running out of chances to prove he can stay sober and contribute in the NBA. The New York Knicks are willing to give him that opportunity. The former All-Star signed Friday with the Knicks for the rest of the season, a day after winning his arbitration case against the NBA. He was added to the active roster immediately and scored two points in 14 minutes in New York's 99-94 two-overtime loss at Philadelphia.
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March 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
The NBA sent a memo to all 29 teams telling them they cannot sign forward Vin Baker until his arbitration case is decided, prompting an angry response Tuesday from the players' union. "It is outrageous for the NBA to prevent Vin Baker from signing with any NBA club," union Director Billy Hunter said. "The league's action is a clear admission that Vin is not only fit to play professional basketball, but there are numerous teams willing to sign him today."
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February 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
The NBA players' union filed a grievance on behalf of former Boston Celtic forward Vin Baker, whose contract was terminated this month. In the filing to grievance arbitrator Roger Kaplan, the union asked for an expedited hearing. Baker stands to lose $35 million if the arbitrator finds the Celtics were within their rights when they terminated the final 2 1/2 years of his contract for violating terms of his alcohol treatment program.
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February 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Boston Celtics are on their way to getting rid of Vin Baker. The Celtics requested waivers on Baker on Friday, a step toward releasing the former All-Star and saving the $36 million they owe him over the next 2 1/2 seasons. Baker's representatives insisted he could still come back, even after sitting out 10 games with a suspension for violating the terms of his alcohol rehabilitation aftercare agreement. Billy Hunter, the head of the National Basketball Players' Assn.
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September 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
Boston Celtic forward Vin Baker says he is a recovering alcoholic who used to binge in hotel rooms and at home after playing poorly. In an interview in Thursday's Boston Globe, Baker said Celtic Coach Jim O'Brien smelled alcohol on him in practice and confronted him about it in December and January. The team suspended him Feb. 27 and he didn't play again. Baker, who will turn 32 in November, said he has not had a drink for six months. He sought treatment at a program at the team's insistence.
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February 28, 2006 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Because of center Chris Kaman's left ankle injury, veteran big man Vin Baker was activated for Monday night's game against Charlotte at Staples Center. Knowing that this may be his last opportunity to finish his NBA career on a positive note, Baker -- who joined the Clippers after the All-Star break -- has already impressed Coach Mike Dunleavy with his ability to pick up the offense.
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March 27, 2006 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Clipper forward Vin Baker got what he wanted. The four-time All-Star came off the bench early in Sunday night's 97-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Baker played 12 minutes, his longest stint in three games since he signed with the team as a free agent, and scored for the first time as a Clipper on a three-point play late in the first quarter. Coach Mike Dunleavy observed some encouraging signs from Baker, who is determined to contribute in the postseason.
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March 16, 2003 | Tim Brown
Monday at Clippers, 7:30 p.m., Channel 5, Channel 9 -- They don't illuminate the Laker banners and jerseys, but everyone knows they're there. Thursday at Sacramento, 7 p.m., TNT -- Early look at the Western Conference playoffs, sure. But, the first round? Friday vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m., FSN -- Vin Baker, we heard about. When did the Celtics work out the leave of absence for Antoine Walker's shooting conscience? Sunday at San Antonio, 10 a.m.
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February 28, 2003 | Associated Press
Vin Baker was suspended indefinitely by the Boston Celtics on Thursday after meeting with team officials, reportedly to discuss problems with alcohol. General Manager Chris Wallace later confirmed that Baker had been suspended, but he would not elaborate. The Boston Globe reported Thursday that Baker would be suspended for alcohol-related problems. * Indiana forward Ron Artest met with NBA officials for a meeting that had been planned for weeks.
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